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Chair-Elect Comment

Posted by acsprofessionalrelations on January 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM

by George Heinze

As the chair-elect for 2011, I will be working with the chair for 2011, as well as the executive committee to further implement the action and strategic plans that John Crawford so successfully initiated in 2010. By putting these plans into action. we can raise the profile of PROF in the ACS. These plans, plus the subdivision structure, will allow for several initiatives to go forward concurrently.

As we move forward into 2011 and 2012, I believe one of the key topics that will be front and center with many ACS members will be JOBS. For many years, a prime assumption was that American educated and American trained chemists’ jobs were safe because of the innate creativity and ingenuity that they brought to support their employers research and development. This assumption no longer holds true; we see research and development jobs being increasingly sent overseas. I believe that PROF should be the chief advocate within ACS that can work to limit this trend and, at the same time, encourage policies and activities that foster job creation for chemists in the US.

Lastly, I would urge all members of PROF to communicate suggestions, comments, ideas and thoughts to any of the officers. I can be reached at donnergeist@verizon.net or 732-257-5754. With warmest best wishes for a happy and successful 2011.

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